Alpine skiers visit Boston, talk about Olympic plans
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Several athletes with hopes of being on the U.S. alpine team were in Boston recently for the 2103 New England Ski and Snowboard Ball.
The event, which raises money for the ski and snowboard teams, shows off how the athletes will be gearing up.
Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety was on hand, he’s trying to make his third Olympic team.
Ligety said American athletes have had the opportunity to train around the world, including the mountain they will be competing on in Sochi.
“We get a chance to train with them in Russia in Sochi and they've gotten a chance to train with us in copper and in New Zealand and what not, so it's definitely an advantage to ski that hill,” he said.
But the Olympics are still four months away, and the regular ski is leading up to the World Cup in Austria later this month.
“It's October now, so we're focusing on kind of building up for the season. Most of the hard work is done so kind of just getting ready to have fun and enjoy the ride for the competition season, working on the finishing touches,” U.S. skier Bryan Fletcher said.
This winter’s Olympic alpine team has set a high standard for themselves; the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver were the most successful Olympics in team history.